Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Best Teen Romances

Yep, seriously.
Not my genres.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I Will Find You - Joe Kenda

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Summary (from goodreads):
Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome?

In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards.

Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases.

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to look away.

The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature's most dangerous species.

Don't mind the blood.
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Edition Read: ARC from netgalley
Where (else) to buy: kobo*  google play, amazon*, nook*

Disclaimer:
Book provided by netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Thoughts:
First off, if you are interested in this book and have never seen even a single episode of Homicide Hunter... stop reading this review and get your hands on an episode or two. You can watch the first episodes of Seasons 1 & 7 for free on either the Investigation Discovery app or the website. For Hulu Plus subscribers, Seasons 3-5 are available in their entirety.
If, for some reason, you do not like the show or it's narration, walk away. This book isn't for you.

I feel the summary oversells this a bit. Yes, it does include cases that aren't ready for primetime, even on a network created exclusively to host murder shows. However, it's not the entire book, and that's not a bad thing. I won't discuss the unfilmed cases here, but caution that a fair chunk of the "not for tv" ones involve children. He also curses a lot more than in the show. This isn't a detraction and it suits him. Just caught me a bit off guard at first.

He briefly touches upon his childhood, meeting his wife, how he came into the police force ,and why and when he retired. He is candid about mistakes he made and how he learned from them. There are a good balance of cases that are far too gory/horrifying for tv and others that illustrate how Kenda honed his detective skills or used them in his personal life.

It's not as catch-phrase heavy as I thought it would be, but it's balanced nicely and there is definitely a "My, my, my" thrown in for good measure. (It wouldn't be the Joe Kenda we all love to watch if there wasn't one!)

His compassion for human life shines through. One thing I gush to others about this show is that Kenda doesn't victim blame and that same quality shines bright and clear here.

Verdict:

A must read for Homicide Hunter fans. Kenda's trademark charm, dark humor, and even a few pet phrases grace these pages making for a quick read that feels like Kenda is speaking directly to you.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. School is in full swing. My daughter was randomly sick on Tuesday, but better the following day. (This is a confirmed sickness, not faking btw. I actually took her to school and she was sent home.)

2. Finally got the chance to play Horizon: Zero Dawn at a relative's home this weekend. It was enough to convince me to stop waiting for the price to drop and get it. I traded in 4 games, got a second controller for the PS3 (the daughter has been bugging me about this since our last one broke), and still have $10 left in trade credit. Not too shabby.

3. If you read my Tell Me Something Tuesday post from last week, I was declined for A Spoonful of Magic, but approved for Terminal Alliance. They are from the same publisher, so that was a bit weird. If someone had told me, I'd only get approved for one of these... I would have thought it was Spoonful because I'm kind of the target audience. O_O I'm definitely not complaining. Terminal Alliance seems like a fun ride.

4. Murder on the Orient Express (library ebook) finally came in! Then I went to transfer it to my ereader and there was some sort of bizarre error. We were getting ready to leave so I didn't have time to figure out what was going on. :( I need to figure that one out.

5. I don't really want to get into it here, but I had to call my daughter's medical supplier three separate times over the past three weeks to get her order shipped. I checked BBB and while the company has an A+ rating, there are numerous complaints that are similar to mine. Unfortunately, it's medical supplies and I don't have a whole lot of say who we get our supplies from because it's partly covered by insurance so there may be a hassle getting things switched. That said... I just got the shipment confirmation today! (Two days later.)

Until next time! .~*♡Shannon

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Favorite ..


My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

This week's topic: Bookmark

I primarily use an ereader so...


Though, pre-ereader, I definitely used various playing cards, Magic the gathering cards, Digimon cards, and Pokemon cards.

I actually lost my FAVORITE Magic card in a library book back in 2002 or 2003. :( 
It was some set that had a little story line going. About a human woman and a cat-woman who were enemies, but then one got hurt and the other helped her and they became friends. 
I do have the other two floating around somewhere, but I lost the favorite one. 

Unfortunately, when we moved in March, a lot of things have been misplaced and I haven't been able to find any of my Magic cards (few that there were) since then.

I did find one portion of my Pokemon card collection, but they aren't even my favorites or much worth noting. (Though I do have an instagram picture from the last physical book I read.) 



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Favorite Comedy Books

Full disclosure: It's been a very long day and I did not do this one in advance. (Yep, not even 10am and it's a long day.)

All three of these (and sequels) have made me laugh.

  


Disclaimer on Prairie Bitch.... She did suffer some abuse as a child. She is open about it. Still a great read, but could be triggering to some.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

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Summary (from goodreads):
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
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Edition Read: kobo*
Where (else) to buy: google play, amazon*, nook*

Thoughts:
This one is hard to discuss without giving away spoilers. I know spoilers are pretty much everywhere for everything nowadays, but I don't like being the one who does it.

I wouldn't say I was completely satisfied with the ending, but there were really only 3 ways I could see it going that would make sense within the world. It took one of those. It was kind of abrupt, but that's really my only complaint with it.

This one starts off pretty slow, but it's worth it. Not in a "it's a slog, but the end is good" way. The build up explains the actions later on. Once it picks up, it does not stop.

Verdict:

Solid read with a different take on the zombie genre. A bit slow at first, but around 30% is where it really picks up. Highly recommend.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Sept 8th - 14th


Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art? -Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer


Of course I have!
Haven't we all?

The first and only one I remember was some Nora Roberts book. It was greatly against my better judgment given my general aversion to romance novels, but it had glitter on the cover and claimed to be fantasy.

I don't even remember what it was called (it was a series of short stories), I just didn't like it. And it was technically fantasy. It was just fantasy with a complete focus on romance.

There have been others, but that's the only one that sticks out. Covers are pretty amazing these days, much so more than I was a kid/teen/young adult.

(Of course, the terrible covers are a million times worse than they used to be.)